The EEOC Pushes Equal Pay Agenda

Yesterday I discussed two new gender pay disparity cases filed by the EEOC – I must have missed this third one.   Recall that one of the six priorities set out in the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) is enforcement of the federal laws against pay discrimination between men and women.

Man, Woman, Equality, Law, Man And Woman

In this third case, the EEOC alleges that the University of Denver paid female law professors lower salaries than it paid to male counterparts “who were doing substantially similar work under similar working conditions.”   If proven, this would violate the Equal Pay Act and Title VII.

An EEOC attorney noted that this “equal pay for equal work” requirement “applies to the professional academic setting of a university just the same as any other workplace.”

A law school?  Don’t they know better?


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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]